Divine Liturgy in English every Saturday at 9am.

St Andrew Russian Orthodox Church

6465 54th Ave. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33709

St. Catherine the Great Martyr 

Orthodox Mission

Tropar - Tone 4

With thy virtues, as with the rays of the sun, thou didst enlighten the unbelieving philosophers; and like the most radiant moon shining on those who walk at night, thou didst drive away the darkness of unbelief. Thou didst bring the empress to faith and didst denounce the tyrant, O divinely elect bride. O blessed Catherine, with desire thou didst make haste to the heavenly bridal chamber, to Christ the most comely Bridegroom, and by Him has thou been crowned with a royal crown. Standing with the angels before Him, do thou pray for us who keep thy most honored memory.

Kondak - Tone 2

O ye who love the martyrs, raise up an honored chorus in godly manner; honoring the most wise Catherine; for in the arena she preached Christ and trod upon the serpent, putting down the knowledge of the rhetors.

Upcoming Services

 

Christ is in our midst!

This weekend we celebrate the feast of the glorious Prophet Elijah. You can read of his life in the book of Kings and from the Prologue below. He is a mighty example for us today, for in his day godlessness, sin, lawlessness and everything detestable abounded. This is what happens when men forget God, both then and now. This is why it is most important that we call upon the Name of the Lord in prayer as often as we can. We need no long or fancy prayer rule. The Jesus prayer or a few Psalms suffice. What is important is not to forget God. To remember Him is to stand before Him. To forget Him is to forsake Him (thus the cause of all of our troubles). 

 

Even though it seemed that the entire world was against him, Elijah stood fast, did not forsake God nor his soul, and boldly rebuked Ahab, Jezebel and all those who committed iniquity. He caused the rain to cease, which created a crisis (drought). When the crisis came to a head, it served to the glory of God as, at the prayer of the prophet, the sacrifice drenched with water was consumed with heavenly fire and the priests of Baal were disgraced and put to the sword (for this is the end of evil doers, especially false priests). In spite of this he felt isolated, alone, yet God assured him that he was not alone. This is most important to us as we are now being forcibly separated, isolated (social distancing and quarantine - something which is quite inhumane, which is evident in the rise in domestic violence, mental illness (depression) and, most sadly, suicide, among others). We must also remember that there is a remnant faithful to God and that we are not alone. And even if we were, and the Lord stands with us, who can withstand us? Elijah, like Moses, beheld God in a gentle voice. Like Enoch, he did not taste death, for he was taken in a chariot of fire as he greatly pleased God.

 

The days of Elijah were not unlike our own. Who could have imagined, not so long ago, what we now see. Fear and coercion everywhere. These are the tools of the enemy. Churches are closed or attendance strictly limited. Civil authorities, godless and Christ-hating, dare to tell us when and if we can go to church, whether we can commune or not or even how to commune, while pretty much everything else in society seems to be permitted, even if on a limited basis. 

 

The Lord has allowed this due to our sinfulness, especially since we lack repentance, having succumbed to the secular world around us, allowing it to enter into the Church and effect our lives to the extent that there is no difference in our manner of living from the godless! What a scandal! What hypocrisy! We are in danger of answering not only for our own sins, but also for the sins of those we have been led astray or scandalized because we have allowed the Church to be compromised.

 

We must have Elijah’s zeal, his devotion to Christ the Lord and His Church. How do we do this? Just like Elijah and all the Saints did: we seek Him in the quiet, we repent, we renounce ourselves so that we can be fill filled with Christ, that the power of the Spirit of God abide in us. (If you want to live, you have to die.) In this way we can become aflame with fire of Divine Love. Then it matters not what tomorrow brings, for we are with God, and He is with us. 

Pray the Psalter. The more I do this the more I see the beauty, depth and power of the Psalms. It has always been the cornerstone of the Christian prayer life.

 

Please keep in mind that we now celebrate the Divine Liturgy in English on Saturdays. Pray about whom you may invite to attend.

 

Please pray for all those who are ill, especially with coronavirus, and those working for their salvation (recovery).

Spread the word of our Liturgies in English. But mostly pray. Pray for our mission, our community and country. Our prayers are not insignificant and greatly needed.

 

Saturday, August 1  - The Finding of the Relics of St. Seraphim of Sarov. Divine Liturgy in English at 9am. Vigil at 5pm. 

Sunday, August 2    - The Holy Prophet Elijah. Divine Liturgy at 10am.

Saturday, August 8  - Hieromartyr Hermolaus and those with him. Divine Liturgy in English at 9am. Vigil at 5pm. 

Sunday, August 9     - The Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon. Divine Liturgy at 10am.

Friday, August 14     - The Procession of the Wood of the Life-giving Cross. Moleban with blessing of water at 9am.

Saturday, August 15  - The Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen. Divine Liturgy in English at 9am. Vigil at 5pm. 

Sunday, August 16     - Sts Isaacius, Dalmatus and Faustus. Divine Liturgy at 10am.

Reminder: We are concelebrating with Fr. Igor and the faithful of St. Andrew's Russian Orthodox Church, - 6465 54th Ave. N., - St. Petersburg, whose gracious hospitality is ever appreciated.

 

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If you live in the greater Tampa Bay area and are interested in Orthodoxy or would like to help in establishing a traditional Orthodox parish in English please call 727-239-9186 and leave a message or e-mail me at frstevofl@gmail.com.

I'd love to hear from you! 

The Orthodox Church is evangelical, but not Protestant. It is Orthodox (meaning 'right belief') but not Jewish. It is catholic (meaning universal) but not Roman. It is not non-denominational, it is pre-denominational. It has been believed, taught, preserved, defended, and died for since its institution in 33 AD at the Feast of Pentecost. It is the Faith that has established the universe...

 

Fr. Stephen Zaremba

We are convinced that many today earnestly seek the ancient Christian Faith. It does not need to be rediscovered or reinvented. It is here -now. Always has been, always will be. It is our conviction that there are many who seek the true Life, the true Light, who seek to receive the heavenly Spirit, to worship the undivided Trinity. They are unknowingly Orthodox in heart; they yearn for Orthodoxy yet do not know that it even exists. 

 

The Orthodox Faith is what has been believed by everyone everywhere from the beginning. It is not a religion, it is a way of life, it is life in Christ. It is open to all.

Why the Russian Orthodox Church? Because the Russian Orthodox Church has a rich history of missionary work, spreading the Gospel of Christ throughout the world.

 

Several Russian Orthodox Saints worked to enlighten America with the Gospel of Christ, beginning in Alaska where a great multitude of native Alaskans were brought to Christ. Among them are St. Herman of Alaska, St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and Apostle to America, St. Innocent of Alaska and St. Jacob of Alaska (a native Alaskan). This was, of course, before the onslaught of godless communism, but has been rediscovered after the collapse of communism as churches are being renewed, rebuilt and new ones opened throughout Russia. Twenty- nine thousand churches have been opened in twenty-eight years. That’s one thousand a year or three a day. Despite what you see on tv or the internet, Russia is rediscovering it’s rich Christian heritage and once again becoming a Christian country, something which contrasts greatly with modern America, which is speedily forsaking and even renouncing it’s Christian heritage, just like Western Europe has done.

This rekindling of Russian Orthodox piety is resulting in the renewal of missionary ferver throughout the world.

 

Being the one Holy, Catholic (which means universal and should not be confused with being Roman) and Apostolic Church, the Orthodox Church has always sought to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. And while the Orthodox Church is often associated with the ethnic communities who brought the Faith with them from their homelands, one does not need to be Russian, Greek, Serbian, Syrian or any other ethnicity. One only needs the desire to embrace the Gospel, to encounter Christ.

We are looking for persons/families who wish to learn to live the life in Christ and form an Orthodox Christian community in the

St. Petersburg, FL area. All services are celebrated in English. If you are interested, please contact Fr. Stephen at frstevofl@gmail.com or call him at 727-239-9186.

 

As Philip once told Nathaniel: Come and see!

The following was a letter to the Roman Emperor Hadrian (d.138AD) from the Athenian Orator Aristides in which he depicts how the Early Christians lived. This is how Christianity conquered the world. This is how it will do so again...

“The Christians know and trust God…They placate those who oppress them and make them their friends; they do good to their enemies. Their wives are absolutely pure, and their daughters modest. Their men abstain from unlawful marriage and are free from all impurity: If any of them have bondwomen or children, they persuade them to become Christians for the love they have toward them; and when they become so, they call them without distinction brothers…They love one another: They do not refuse to help the widows. They rescue the orphan from him who does him violence. He who has, gives ungrudgingly to him who has not. If they see a stranger; they take him to their dwellings and rejoice over him as over a real brother; for they do not call themselves brothers after the flesh, but after the Spirit and in God…If any one among them is poor and needy; and they do not have food to spare, they fast for two or three days, that they may supply him with necessary food. They scrupulously obey the commands of their Messiah. Every morning and every hour they thank and praise God for His loving-kindness toward them…Because of them there flows forth all the beauty that there is in the world. But the good deeds they do, they do not proclaim in the ears of the multitude, but they take care that no one shall perceive them. Thus they labor to become righteous…Truly, this is a new people and there is something divine in them.”

 

Services are held on Sundays at 10am

and Feast Days as announced

St Andrew Russian Orthodox Church

6465 54th Ave. N.

St. Petersburg, FL 33709

 

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